Manzanita Writers’ Series Features Nicole Hardy on May 21st

nicole hardyNicole Hardy will read from her memoir, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin, at 7pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, May 21, 2016, with a writing workshop during the day.

“Her struggle between trying to be the woman her community expects her to become and her growing conviction that she must be herself, is one I won’t soon forget.” –Suzanne Morrison, author of Yoga Bitch.

Hardy’s memoir was a finalist for the 2014 Washington State Book Award. Her other books include the poetry collections This Blonde and Mud Flap Girl’s XX Guide to Facial Profiling–a chapbook of pop-culture inspired sonnets. Her work has appeared in many literary journals and newspapers including The New York Times, and has been adapted for radio and stage. Her essay “Single, Female, Mormon, Alone” was noted in 2012’s “Best American Essays.”

Hardy earned her MFA at the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and serves on the Board of Directors at Mineral School Artist Residency.

During the day Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m., she will lead a workshop: Writing Our Personal Stories.  Students will divide their time among lecture, discussion, and writing exercises to delve into the art of creating memoir from memory. Nicole will pass on lessons learned the hard way, show samples from other authors, and explain how novelists’ techniques can be useful in writing memoir.

Registration fee for the workshop is $30. THE WORKSHOP IS FULL.

Following Hardy’s reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “Confessions.” Admission for the evening reading is $7.

Thor Hanson will read from his latest book The Triumph of Seeds March 19

thor hansonThor Hanson will read from his latest book The Triumph of Seeds, at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, March 19, 2016, with a writing workshop during the day.

The subtitle of the book is How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shape Human History. “Essential reading for anyone who loves plants, or who may have wondered how the chili got its spice, what puts the buzz in coffee, or how seeds have influenced everything from the voyages of Christopher Columbus to the Industrial Revolution to the shape of the human face.”

“Thor has done it again. In a page-turner, he tells the stories of seeds, their ecology, evolution and histories and why each of us every day depends on, relies on, delights in or suffers from seeds. This book will change the way you think about your coffee, your chocolate or even just the weed growing stubbornly (from a seed) out of the crack in the sidewalk. Because seeds are everywhere, a reality that you will never forget again after reading this book.”—Rob Dunn, author of The Wild Life of Our Bodies 

Seeds won the Pacific Northwest Book Award 2016, and was selected as a Seattle Times Best Book 2015.

Author and biologist Thor Hanson is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, and winner of the John Burroughs Medal. Hanson is currently pursuing projects on Tufted Puffins, native bees, and rare butterflies, and is involved in an international effort to assess the ecological impacts of warfare.  His books include The Impenetrable Forest and Feathers, as well as an illustrated children’s book and his work has been covered by news outlets around the world, including NPR, Reuters,Scientific American, The New York Times, and The Times of India. Hanson lives with his wife and son on an island in the Pacific Northwest.

During the day Saturday, from 1 to 3:30pm, Hanson will teach a writing workshop titled Seeing Things – The Journey from Vision to Words to help writers hone their observation skills to add detail to their writing.

Hanson will share an exploration of the art and craft of truly seeing things:  why it is essential to writing, why we are born to do it, and why a frog doesn’t need a brain to catch a fly. Tuition for the workshop is  $30. Register here.

Following Hanson’s reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “planting seeds.”Admission for the evening reading is $7.

Matt Love Reads from his Latest: The Great Birthright, on March 5th

matt love on the beachMatt Love will read from his latest book, The Great Birthright: An Oregon Novel, at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7 pm, with a writing workshop during the day. The reading is a special event of the Manzanita Writers’ Series.

In his fiction debut, Love bends and twists the detective novel genre with hilarious, unexpected and political results. The premise: a Los Angeles developer is trying to privatize Oregon’s publicly-owned beaches, its vaunted “great birthright,” and only one washed-up detective and self published writer can stop him.

“When readers finish this novel,” said Love, “I hope they are ready to go to war to protect our beaches.” Especially to protect them from what Love calls “the New Jersey and Malibufication of Oregon’s beaches: boardwalks, espresso stands, security guards, fences, no dogs, no bonfires, no fort building, NO TRESPASSING signs.”

The Great Birthright includes Love’s call to action for Oregonians to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beach Bill on July 7, 2017.

Love grew up in Oregon City and is a lifelong educator and publisher of Nestucca Spit Press. He’s the author/editor of 14 books about Oregon, including the Beaver State and Newport Trilogies. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. He lives in Astoria with his husky, Sonny. He’s currently working on a book about teaching.

During the day on Saturday, Love will teach a writing workshop on Getting the Writing Going, from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Tuition is $50.

Join Love to experiment with innovative techniques to define an editorial voice for fiction or nonfiction writing and address the barriers that prevent the aspiring writer from getting started. Click here to register.

Following Love’s reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “on the beach.” Admission for the evening reading is $7.

 

Manzanita Writers’ Series 2016 Offers Expanded Workshop Line-up

coaster 14Get a mini-MFA in Manzanita, or at least expand your craft.

The 2016 Manzanita Writers’ Series provides an expanded opportunity for local and visiting writers to attend writing workshops taught by experts. No need to drive to Portland or sign up for a long-term college program.

The 2016 series offers a wide variety of writing workshops, from craft to the business side of publishing, from personal essay to humor to poetry to writing outside the box.

February kicks things off with Mining Your Life for Laughs with Bob Balmer on February 6.

Saturday, February 20, you can learn how to Craft a Strong Book Proposal with longtime Literary Agent Chip MacGregor, from 9 to 12. Then dive into craft from 1 to 3 with a workshop on Personal Essay writing with Ellen Urbani.

Do you find yourself talking about writing more than writing? Join Matt Love on March 5 for his workshop titled Getting the Writing Going.

And that’s just the first few workshops.  See all workshops to address issues like:

  • Want to learn how to find the laughter in life and craft it into your writing?
  • Do your personal essays lack attention-getting openers, truth-telling, brevity, and kick-ass summations?
  • Does your work need more in-depth observation of the world to translate it onto the page?
  • Do you know how to create a narrative for an object that can be backstory shorthand, enhance storytelling, help eliminate pages of narration and aid in telling a more layered tale?
  • Do you want to learn to use emotion that really make pieces feel affecting, almost magic, to your readers?
  • Do you find it hard to break out of traditional narrative structure to create what you want to say, how you want to say it?
  • You’ll find further details on the workshops offered and the authors leading them there as well. You can easily plan out a year of learning and writing to take your writing to the next level.

For a little added incentive, here are two ways to give yourself deadlines to write to.

1. The next issue of the North Coast Squid Literary Journal will accept submissions from March 1 through May 31.

2. Use our Open Mic opportunity at the end of each featured author reading as another deadline. This year we continue to have a “suggested theme” for Open Mic for each event. Writers are welcome to write to theme for their 5-minute piece although it is not a requirement.

Manzanita PoetryFest 2016: CLASS FULL

PoetryFest sessions are full.
If you would like to put on a waiting list, please contact Phyllis Mannan at phmannan@gmail.com.

Manzanita PoetryFest 2016
2 Days | 2 Poets
Friday, April 22 – Sunday, April 24

PoetryFest 2016 offers a unique opportunity for both beginning and serious poets alike to practice and polish their craft, working with 2 accomplished poets. Over the course of this 2-day workshop, participants will work with both instructors and will have the opportunity to share their poetry with fellow students.

Tuition for the 2-Day Workshop is $100.

Friday, April 22, 2016 
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Meet & Greet, Mannan Residence

Saturday, April 23, 2016
10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Group A – The Magic of Metaphor, John Brehm
Group B – Powerful Titles & Great Openings, Andrea Hollander
12:15 – 1:45 p.m. – Lunch on your own
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Poets in Conversation on the Creative Process + Q&A
4:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Social Time at Vino (no host bar, appetizers and small plates)
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Poetry Reading & Book Signing, John & Andrea

Sunday, April 24, 2016
10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Group A – Powerful Titles & Great Openings, Andrea Hollander
Group B – The Magic of Metaphor, John Brehm
12:15 – 1:45 p.m. – Lunch on your own
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Participant Poetry Reading

John Brehm croppedThe Magic of Metaphor – A Workshop with John Brehm

Metaphor is at the heart of poetic practice, a kind of perceptual magic that reveals the hidden likenesses and deep connections between seemingly dissimilar things. When Shakespeare compares leafless branches to “bare ruined choirs where late the sweet birds sang” a surge of energy enters the poem—we feel the figure is both absolutely right and totally surprising. In this workshop, we’ll examine a range of arresting metaphors from Robert Frost, Pablo Neruda, Yannis Ritsos, Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Carson, James Schuyler, and others, to see just how they work and the range of effects they create. In-class writing exercises will give participants a chance to experiment with the pleasures and challenges of making metaphor.
John Brehm is the author of two books of poems, Help Is On the Way and Sea of Faith, and the associate editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Southern Review, New Ohio Review, The Sun, Prairie Schooner, The Writer’s Almanac, The Norton Introduction to Literature, and many other journals and anthologies. He teaches for Mountain Writers Series, Literary Arts, and The Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver. johnbrehm.net.

Andrea Hollander croppedWho Rushes into the Theatre Without Reading the Marquee?

The Importance of Powerful Titles and Great Opening Lines – 

A Workshop with Andrea Hollander

We write poems initially for ourselves, but eventually we hope that strangers will read and admire them. Without a strong beginning, most readers, including the editors of literary journals and the judges of contests, won’t read very far. In this workshop we will try a variety of exercises as we explore strategies for creating irresistible titles and opening lines, with the understanding that strong beginnings help a writer to keep a poem’s power going.

Andrea Hollander’s first full-length poetry collection received the 1993 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize; her fourth was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Other honors include two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and memoir, and poetry fellowships from the Arkansas Arts Council and Literary Arts of Portland, Oregon, where she has lived since 2011 and where she conducts writing workshops at both the Attic Institute and Mountain Writers Series. Her website is www.andreahollander.net.

Special Lodging Offer:
Ocean Inn—located at 32 Laneda Avenue, just steps from the beach—has graciously offered Manzanita PoetryFest participants a discount of 35% off their winter rates on stays of two nights or more. Offer valid for stays during PoetryFest, April 22 – April 24, 2016. Reservations must be completed by April 1, 2016. Call 503-368-7701. www.oceaninnatmanzanita.com

Nicole Hardy to Lead Writing Workshop – Writing Our Personal Stories CLASS FULL

nicole hardy

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

On Saturday, May 21st from 1 to 4 p.m., author Nicole Hardy will lead a workshop: Writing Our Personal Stories.  Students will divide our time among lecture, discussion, and writing exercises as we delve into the art of creating memoir from memory. Nicole will pass on some lessons she learned the hard way, show samples from other authors, and explain how novelists’ techniques can be useful in writing creative nonfiction.

The workshop will cover why creative non-fiction is important and similar to or different from writing fiction, and discuss topics that are central to writing personal stories.  Students will also learn essential elements of craft including narrative structure, scene vs. summary, dialogue, characterization, narrative voice, and cultivating vulnerability.

Nicole will also include her best advice on writing & publishing creative non-fiction.

Click here to register for the class.  Tuition is $30.

Nicole is the featured author for the Manzanita Writers’ Series at 7 pm that same Saturday.  She’ll read from her memoir, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013), which was a finalist for the 2014 Washington State Book Award. Her other books include the poetry collections This Blonde and Mud Flap Girl’s XX Guide to Facial Profiling–a chapbook of pop-culture inspired sonnets. Her work has appeared in many literary journals and newspapers including The New York Times, and has been adapted for radio and stage. Her essay “Single, Female, Mormon, Alone” was noted in 2012’s “Best American Essays.” She earned her MFA at the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and serves on the Board of Directors at Mineral School Artist Residency. Visit her at authorNicoleHardy.com.

 

Ellen Urbani Starts off the 2016 Manzanita Writers’ Series Season on Feb 20

Ellen-UrbaniEllen Urbani will read from her book Landfall at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita at 7pm on Saturday, February 20, 2016.

 Landfall is a work of historical fiction set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, focused on two women, one black, one white. As a former mental health specialist for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and advisory board member at the Annenberg Center for Health Science Research, Urbani focused on addressing the emotional repercussions of disease and disaster. This therapeutic perspective informs her characterization of the victims of Hurricane Katrina in Landfall, allowing for a nuanced fictional interpretation of historic events.

“You can write your ass off, Southern girl! With her new novel Landfall, Ellen Urbani enters the world of American fiction with a bang and a flourish. …It’s a hell of a book and worthy of the storm and times it describes.”

  • Pat Conroy, international bestselling author of The Prince of Tides

“Ellen Urbani has written an amazing and original piece of literature. If you love family sagas characterized by women holding the generations together via a magical combination of grit and grace, such as Isabel Allende’s House of the Spirits, you will love this haunting book!”

  • Fannie Flagg, international bestselling author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Urbani’s first book was a memoir When I Was Elena, a Book Sense Notable selection documenting her life in Guatemala during the final years of that country’s civil war. Her autobiographical essays and short stories have appeared in a variety of bestselling pop-culture anthologies as well as the New York Times. Urbani has a B.A. in Writing and Design and a Master of Arts degree in Art Therapy, specializing in oncological illness and trauma survival.

From 9 to noon, longtime literary agent Chip MacGregor will present Crafting a Strong Book Proposal in a fun and information packed workshop. He’ll explore the big picture of a book proposal along with the nitty-gritty details of what goes into a strong fiction or nonfiction proposal, and what the publisher looks for. He’ll share what makes one proposal stand out from the crowd. MacGregor has represented nearly a thousand books, and each one was sold to the publisher based on a strong proposal.

During the day on Saturday, from 1 to 3:30, Urbani will lead a writing workshop on Personal Essay. Participants will work on the fundamentals of writing short-form personal narratives/essays with a focus on attention-getting openers, truth-telling, brevity, and kick-ass summations. Workshop fee is $30.

Click here to register for either of the workshops.

Following Urbani’s reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “disaster.”

Admission for the evening is $7.

 

Rene Denfeld will read from her book The Enchanted on Saturday, November 21

R.Denfeld-61Rene Denfeld will read from her book The Enchanted at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita at 7pm on Saturday, November 21, 2015.

Denfeld’s first novel has garnered many awards and rave reviews to include: #1 Book of the Year, the Oregonian; One of the Top #5 Books of the Year, Powell’s Books; an Indie Next Pic;, and winner for Best Foreign Novel 2014 for the French Prix Award.

“Filled with themes of pain and suffering and still a pleasure to read, this impressive debut… is set in a decaying, dark, corrupt prison, but as the opening line reveals, it ‘is an enchanted place.’ …Read this magical book, and prepare to be spellbound.”  — Library Journal

“Rene Denfeld is a genius. In The Enchanted she has imagined one of the grimmest settings in the world—a dank and filthy death row in a corrupt prison—and given us one of the most beautiful, heartrending, and riveting novels I have ever read.” – Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time

Denfeld has written for many publications including The New York Times MagazineThe Oregonian, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She has published three non-fiction books. In addition to her writing career, Denfeld is a death penalty investigator who works with men and women facing execution. She calls herself “the happy mother” of three children she adopted from state foster care.

Following Denfeld’s reading and Q&A, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “Magic.”
Admission for the evening is $7.

This evening’s reading is just one of the events of the Mystery Weekend put on by the North Tillamook County Library, the Hoffman Center for the Arts, CART’M, and NCRD. For a complete listing of events, click here.

Daniel H. Wilson reads from Robogenesis on October 17

dhw (1)Daniel H. Wilson will read from his book Robogenesis at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita at 7pm on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

Wilson is not only a New York Times bestselling sci-fi author, he happens to have his PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, along with master’s degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

He’s author of the New York Times bestselling Robopocalypse and its sequel Robogenesis, as well as seven other books, including How to Survive a Robot Uprising, A Boy and His Bot, and Amped.

His novel Robopocalypse was purchased by DreamWorks and is currently being adapted for film by Steven Spielberg.

Reviews for Robogenesis:

“A galloping sci-fi account of a war between man and machine.Entertainment Weekly  


“Raises intriguing and provocative questions about soul and sentience.” —Financial Times

Besides writing books, Wilson hosted The Works on the History Channel in 2008, a program revealing the unseen secrets and history of everyday life, from how garbage is handled, to other topics like beer, steel, tattoos, and of course, robots. His playable story app, Mayday! Deep Space, is available at the App Store.

Following Wilson’s reading and Q&A, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “Surviving Machines.”

Admission for the evening is $7.

Judith Barrington will read from her new book of poetry, The Conversation, at a special Sunday Poetry Event at 2pm on Sunday September 13

JBarrington-2LG - CopyJudith Barrington will read from her new book of poetry, The Conversation, at a special Sunday Poetry Event at 2pm on Sunday September 13, 2015, at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

Barrington won the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition in 2013 and this resulted in Salmon Poetry, of County Clare, Ireland, publishing a new collection, The Conversation. The title poem was selected by Thomas McCarthy as the winner of the O’Donoghue competition.

“Judith Barrington spent the turning over of 2013 into 2014 in the hospital with surgery and recovery from a brain bleed. A year later she’s produced a dense and beautiful book of poems (her first new full-length book of poems in more than 10 years) that looks back over her childhood, her family, her memories, her grief…with the kind of clarity only found through a lot of loss….” —Kirsten Rian, The Oregonian

Barrington is the award-winning author of four poetry collections, two poetry chapbooks, a prizewinning memoir, and a text on writing literary memoir. Her work has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies.

Barrington was on the faculty of the low residency MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Alaska Anchorage for many years and has spent much of the past thirty years teaching creative writing at various universities and at many summer writing workshops in the United States and overseas.

With her partner Ruth Gundle, Barrington was awarded the Stewart H. Holbrook Award for outstanding contributions to Oregon’s literary life. She is the co-founder of The Flight of the Mind Writing Workshops, which for seventeen years provided two week-long sessions on the McKenzie River, Oregon, bringing together outstanding teachers and participants from all over the U.S. She is one of the founders of Soapstone. Born in Brighton England, she’s made her home in Portland since 1976.

There is a suggested donation of $5 for the event which is open to the public. Barrington’s reading will be followed by a Q&A, and book sales and signing.